As you might or might not be aware of it yet, there’s currently a bit of a controversy going around the coconut oil, which was once thought to be the miraculous elixir, the answer to all of our questions and diseases. Its reputation went a bit astray once the Harvard doctor[i] described the food as being “pure poison”. This statement made us ponder upon the qualities that coconut oil really has and decided to dig deeper into this topic and discover the truth behind it!
What you might not have been aware of is that scientists have used coconut oil since ages, it has been used officially in hospitals to treat Alzheimer, Cystic fibrosis, epilepsy and even improve protein, fat and mineral absorption. So far does not sound like your daily dose of poison, right?
So why the controversy and why out of a sudden coconut oil is the number one enemy?
Mostly because it’s so high in saturated fat, up to 86% of it is made out of fat, fat that we keep telling people to cut back on. So that’s why it’s mostly associated with bad cholesterol and heart diseases.
However, if we talk about fats, we can take a look at their benefits as well. For instance, did you know that all the fat you intake goes to your liver, where it’s further processed into energy, turned further into ketones.
There are certain claims that have been made regarding coconut oil. One of them is that it helps maintain your heart healthy. Well, as we can see above, the studies show exactly the opposite, so I wouldn’t go around consuming too much of it. Another is that it helps your cognition. As we could see, coconut oil has indeed been used to treat Alzheimer. Along with that, it has been used to decrease the risk of dementia, cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases.
Also, another idea is that coconut oil helps with diabetes. Protein or fat in combination with carbohydrates slows the process of glucose absorption in your organism. And as we already noted, coconut oil can mostly be described as fat, so it gives a helping hand to your sugar intake, however, it is not a miraculous cure for diabetes.
Could we recommend coconut oil in a diet?
Studies show that consumption of coconut oil reduces appetite. This is due to the fatty acids that it contains and to the way in which they are metabolized. We were talking above about ketones, which have as an effect the reduction of appetite.
All these being said, what is our final position when it comes to coconut oil? Hard to say, however, my personal opinion is that we should not offer it too much power, more than it truly deserves. It has both benefits and downsides. It’s up to us to measure what studies we believe and which matters most to us and our health. As always, my point is that the decision should be somewhere in the middle, find a middle ground between overdoing coconut oil and avoiding it.